Ever since March the Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19 have changed the way we live our day to day lives. The highly communicable virus has crippled the world and forced us to shelter in place and socially distance from one another. As of now, there is no vaccine for this virus and it appears that we will be affected by the effects this pandemic for a while. It has created what will be a new norm for us in regards to social distancing. Shaking hands and hugging friends aren’t acceptable anymore. Now we must wave and converse at least six feet apart. Instead of hanging out at someone’s house, people are holding Zoom parties. The world as we’ve known it has changed and there’s no timetable on when it will return to normal. Even when things get better I fear that this way of life will become acceptable.

Society Getting Further Apart

Social distancing itself may become apart of our society and I’m not ok with that. Before the pandemic society already began its path towards people distancing themselves from each other. Since I’ve been around people have taken to having text message conversations in favor of actual phone calls. Most recently people opt to have FaceTime instead of seeing someone face to face. Regardless, I doubt that people would totally cut out the human aspect of life. Yet the aftermath of this virus will push people to limit contact with each other even more than before.

Getting Innovative During Sheltering In Place

Social distancing has developed some innovative things and pushed technology. One of the best innovative things that came from this was the Instagram Verzus battles. The concept came from Timbaland and Swizz Beatz. Artists would co-host an Instagram Live session and face off in discography battles. These battles have seen up to half a million viewers tuned in. These battles weren’t the only events taken over in the absence of entertainment that’s unable to air do to the virus. Various celebrities and public figures have been spending time on Instagram Live conversing with their followers. Who would’ve thought that the live feature on Instagram would actually become an essential part of the platform?

Rather or not social distancing going forward will become a normal aspect of our lives or not I feel that it will be around for a long time. We will teach our children about keeping a distance and even more the importance of washing hands. The effects of COVID-19 will have a long-lasting impression on our daily lives. Personally I can’t wait to be able to congregate with others and attend live events. How have you been getting through sheltering in place? Let me know in the comments or tweet me.